Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Anti-Democratic Democrat Party Platform

Anti-Democratic Democrat Party Platform

by Stephen Lendman

Republican and Democrat party policies consistently represent privileged Americans at the expense of most everyone else - notably since Bill and Hillary Clinton’s deplorable 1990s co-presidency.

Campaigning ahead of the 1992 election, Bill promoted the idea, using the phrase “two for the price of one.” The prospect of repeating the same mistake this November should scare everyone.

Meeting in St. Louis last weekend, Democrats drafted a largely business as usual platform, lofty mumbo jumbo rhetoric pretending otherwise - final approval coming when the full platform committee meets in Orlando, FL on July 8 and 9, ratification at the Philadelphia party convention from July 25 - 28.

Jobs creation is highlighted, fulfillment way short of bipartisan campaign and platform rhetoric, notably since the GW Bush years. 

Most good ones went overseas to low-wage countries. They’re gone, others joining them. Largely rotten low-pay/poor-benefit ones remain. Workers need two or more to survive.

Proposals for universal healthcare, a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation, ending Israel’s occupation of Palestine, a carbon tax, opposition to the anti-consumer, stealth corporate coup d’etat Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and fracking were rejected.

Nothing was said about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) -like TPP, involving America and EU countries - both trade bills nightmarish for ordinary people.

Nothing about Washington’s imperial project. Nothing about endless wars of aggression. Nothing about renouncing them, endorsing peace as the party’s top priority. 

Nothing about rescinding police state laws. Nothing about endorsing governance of, by and for everyone equitably, the general welfare, making America beautiful for everyone, instead of its privileged few alone.

Virtually nothing worth supporting. Weasel words about “advancing our party’s progressive ideals…addressing the needs of all Americans,” supporting public education, “looking out for working people,” taxing the super-rich, “expanding Social Security,” curbing prescription drug costs, promoting clean energy, ending mass incarceration, and “Wall Street reform” rang resoundingly hollow.

Even claiming to support the abolition of the death penalty “as a cruel and unusual form of punishment (for) the first time in (party) history” is duplicitous.

What about millions of imperial war victims, corpses attesting to bipartisan barbarity - capital punishment on an industrial scale, genocide by any standard!

Undemocratic Democrats like their Republican counterparts aren’t looking out for anyone but themselves and privileged interests they support.

In November, voters should either back independent candidates or none at all - renouncing neocon-infested Democrat and Republican parties once and for all.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Putin Lifts Tourism Ban to Turkey, Normalized Relations to Follow?

Putin Lifts Tourism Ban to Turkey, Normalized Relations to Follow?

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed Erdogan’s hollow apology to Putin for the willful downing of a Russian warplane in Syrian airspace - an act of war, a treacherous “stab in the back,” according to Russia’s president at the time.

Both countries have irreconcilable differences on Syria. Allied with Washington, NATO and other rogue partners, Erdogan supports ISIS and other terrorist groups, wants Assad toppled, northern parts of the country annexed, the Syrian Arab Republic’s sovereignty destroyed.

Putin wants peaceful conflict resolution, Syrian independence and territorial integrity preserved and protected.

So why is he willing to deal with a ruthless despot, an international outlaw, a war criminal, a man he called “an accomplice of terrorists” - why when nothing in prospect will likely bridge the huge chasm between the agendas of both countries?

Yet following Erdogan’s hollow outreach, he agreed to lift the ban on Russian tourism to Turkey - during a phone conversation between both leaders he initiated.

According to a Kremlin press statement, he “instructed the government to enter into negotiations with the relevant Turkish authorities to restore mutually advantageous bilateral cooperation in the trade and economic and other spheres” - including lifting the ban on Russian tourists visiting Turkey.

Both leaders stressed “the necessity to intensify international cooperation in the fight against the common terrorist threat.”

Fact: Putin means it. He’s genuine, candid, forthright - a mensch. He says what he means and means what he says.

Fact: Erdogan is polar opposite - ruthless, lawless, duplicitous. His policies challenge Russia’s geopolitical agenda, wanting it undermined.

According to the Kremlin press service, both leaders “agreed to consider the possibility of…meeting in the near future.” Their discussion “aimed at restoring the traditionally friendly character of a multi-faced bilateral cooperation.”

On July 1, Sergey Lavrov will meet his Turkish counterpart during the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). Putin indicated normalizing Russia/Turkey relations began - following receipt of Erdogan’s letter and issues both leaders discussed by phone.

Will normalization begin a new era of Turkish/Russia relations, their leaders supporting the same anti-terrorism world peace agenda? 

Will America end its imperial project, renounce war, slash its military spending, and pay generous reparations to surviving families of its millions of victims?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Istanbul Blasts: Terrorism or False Flag?

Istanbul Blasts: Terrorism or False Flag?

by Stephen Lendman

It’s too early for a rush to judgment. Here’s what’s known. On Tuesday night, multiple blasts and automatic rifle fire, reportedly by three suicide bombers, rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.

Dozens were killed, over 230 injured. Was the incident terrorism or state-sponsored false flag deception to look that way? It’s too soon to know.

Timing is often significant. Six years after Israeli commandos slaughtered 10 Turkish nationals aboard the Mavi Marmara Gaza Freedom Flotilla mother ship, Netanyahu and Erdogan normalized relations.

Israel agreed to pay $20 million in reparations to surviving family members, along with other mutually agreed on terms. Gaza remains besieged despite Ankara claiming otherwise.

At the same time, Erdogan apologized to Putin by letter for downing a Russian Su-24 warplane flying over Syria - at the time, falsely claimed to have entered Turkish airspace.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, “(a) telephone conversation between President Putin and President Erdogan will take place (on Wednesday, June 29) at the initiative of the Russian side.” He stopped short of indicating whether normalized relations would follow.

Were either or both of these events connected to Tuesday night’s incident? Again, it’s unknown at this time.

No claim of responsibility followed the attack. Prime Minister Binali Yildirm blamed ISIS, saying “(t)he findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack.”

Erdogan called for a “joint fight” against terrorism, saying nothing about his support for ISIS, letting them operate freely from Turkish territory, supplying them with arms and munitions, selling their stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil - he, his family and other regime officials profiting hugely.

It begs the question. Why would ISIS attack an important benefactor? Others include America, NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other regional states.

Erdogan is at war with Kurds in three countries, naked aggression by any standard - at home, in Syria and Iraq. Yet he didn’t blame their fighters for what happened.

While it’s unknown if Tuesday’s incident was state-sponsored, previous similar ones in Europe and America suggest it. The fullness of time should tell.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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David Cameron in Brussels

David Cameron in Brussels

by Stephen Lendman

Calling his meeting a last supper, according to some media reports, was overblown, creating the impression of holding a wake for Britain. A northern European leader was quoted saying “only nice things can be said about the dead.”

The United Kingdom has been around for hundreds of years. Brexit voting changed nothing. Talk of inevitable divorce is more hyperbole than reality. 

Required legal proceedings haven’t begun, extremely unlikely in the weeks and months ahead because powerful interests on both sides of the Atlantic want unity. Watch what they do, not what they say.

The Financial Times described the mood in Brussels as “good-tempered…jibes few and far between.” Angela Merkel called the occasion “sad,” adding Germany will defend its economic priorities. 

Francois Hollande said Cameron was “emotional” about what he called the “lies and approximations” of the Leave campaign. Urging Europeans to stick together, he asked “(w)hat do we do if confronted by the same choice” Brits faced?

No longer calling for a swift divorce, 27 EU leaders said Brexit would carry a heavy price. Britain no longer will enjoy bloc benefits. 

Merkel stressed it, saying “(a)nyone who wants to leave this family cannot expect that as all the responsibilities of EU membership are removed, all the rights remain.”

Cameron urged maintaining “the closest possible relationship” with Europe. He’s excluded from Thursday discussions, focusing on preventing other member states from holding their own referendums.

On Monday with John Kerry in London, UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond stressed Britain’s special relationship with America, saying its “global role remains undiminished. There is absolutely no question that Britain will turn its back on the world or indeed on Europe.”

“(U)ntil a (Lisbon Treaty) Article 50 is served, (it) remains a full member of the European Union.”

Kerry responded, stressing “the unbreakable bond” between both countries, adding the “special relationship…is perhaps even more important” today.

Expect lots of pressure brought to bear ahead to maintain business as usual. Whatever occurs along the way isn’t likely to change the status quo.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Putin Calls for Defending Russia from Potential Threats, Provocations or Aggressive Acts

Putin Calls for Defending Russia from Potential Threats, Provocations or Aggressive Acts

by Stephen Lendman

Clearly with hostile US-dominated NATO in mind, Putin addressed Russian military and law enforcement school graduates.

He explained “the invisible ties and continuity between the many generations of defenders of our Motherland” - certain future Russian leaders were in attendance among their numbers.

He called military strength “a weighty argument against any provocation,” promising continued modernization and strengthening of Russian forces.

“A modern and well-equipped army and navy are a guarantee of the Motherland’s sovereignty and independence, as well as of our citizens’ security,” he stressed. 

“They are a weighty argument against any attempts to provoke us, against blackmail or pressure on our country. I have no doubt that you understand this well.”

“We remain committed to doing everything it takes to enhance the prestige and status of the military. Primarily, we will continue to develop the system of social guarantees that has undergone significant improvements in recent years.”

“Today we are working to solve a lot of large-scale tasks. But strengthening our military forces is definitely is definitely the most important of them all.”

“The strategic course for modernization and perfection of the military forces remains unchanged. The operation of our air force and our navy in Syria has confirmed that this course had been correct and that it had been implemented effectively.” 

“We will continue to optimize the structure and numbers of our army and navy and take the system of coordination between units to a new level, including the coordination with our allies.”

“(E)mphasis will be on (equipping Russian troops with) the most advanced high-precision arms, advanced hardware and communication devices.”

He stressed a national commitment to “be ready to respond quickly and adequately to any potential threats…provocation(s) (or) aggressive actions.”

He’s well aware of Washington wanting Russia turned into another US vassal state, its sovereignty destroyed, its resources plundered, its people exploited, its vast land mass partitioned for easier control.

He’s committed to do whatever it takes to prevent it - while going all-out for global peace and stability, stressing the importance of mutual cooperation among all nations.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Anti-Brexit Media Campaign Kicks Off

Anti-Brexit Media Campaign Kicks Off

by Stephen Lendman

Scoundrel media mouthpieces for power, along with monied interests they feature oppose Brexit. Expect a torrent of gloom and doom fear-mongering to come.

Representing hundreds of member publications in over 150 countries, the Project Syndicate featured new world order/billionaire speculator George Soros’ anti-Brexit op-ed - misinformation and Big Lies substituting for straight talk.

In the EU, Britain “had the best of all possible deals,” he claimed, ignoring its lost political sovereignty to a higher Brussels authority - what no responsible government should accept.

Brexit represented public discontent, an anti-neoliberal rebellion, opposing its assault on personal freedoms. Soros claimed its supporters “exploited the deteriorating refugee situation,” adding:

“(T)he catastrophic scenario that many feared has materialized, making the disintegration of the EU practically irreversible.”

Fact: There’s nothing “catastrophic” about sovereign independence, despite ongoing disruptions and uncertainty continuing over an indefinite period.

Fact: EU policies represent pure evil, the alliance a CIA creation, giving America greater control over a unified Europe, colonization made easier.

Admitting the “EU is a flawed construction,” Soros wants it redesigned and saved. He’s not alone.

NYT editors warned of negative “spillover” consequences. They accused Brexit proponents of making “false promises,” saying they’re “crumbl(ing).”

Unexplained was EU subservience to America’s imperial agenda, its neoliberal war on ordinary Europeans, rewarding its privileged class at their expense.

Instead The Times backs pure evil policies Brussels represents, unconcerned the enormous harm inflicted on countless millions.

Neocon Washington Post editors’ antidote to Brexit is “a strong NATO,” waging more wars of aggression than already.

They accused David Cameron of being soft “in resisting Russian aggression in Ukraine” and “retreating” on bombing Syria until belatedly joining Obama’s illegal campaign - on the phony pretext of combatting ISIS.

More lambasting followed, notably citing his initial backing of Brexit, later turning against it. They claimed unpredictable events ahead may “devalue (the US/UK) “special relationship.’ “

They urged more aggressive US dominance of NATO than already, Britain remaining a member, “reinforc(ing) (the) transatlantic military partnership…bridg(ing) the (alleged) gap between London and the continent.”

Wall Street Journal editors took a similar tact, calling on Washington to “seize this moment of uncertainty to reassert its leadership in a Western alliance of free (sic) nations.”

The London-based Financial Times urged the ouster of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, saying he “must go…(His) position is no longer tenable,” blaming him for “his role on the Remain side,” calling it “little short of sabotage.”

London’s Guardian said Brexit supporters “don’t know what they’re doing,” claiming they have no plan “beyond withdrawal…”

Voices of power and their media acolytes want status quo conditions remaining. Responsible change is discredited. Power and privilege alone matter.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Torries Intend Greater Austerity Following Brexit Vote

Torries Intend Greater Austerity Following Brexit Vote

by Stephen Lendman

Political fallout from Thursday’s Brexit vote didn’t take long to unfold. David Cameron began it by announcing his resignation, effective when Torries meet in October, he said.

On Tuesday, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s greater austerity announcement didn’t surprise. Days before last Thursday’s vote, he claimed Brexit would cause a 30 billion pound public finance hole - public health service, education, transport and other spending cuts needed, as well as tax hikes to make up for the alleged shortfall.

At the time, he said “(f)ar from freeing up money to spend on public services…quitting the EU would mean less money. Billions less. It’s a lose-lose situation for British families.”

Brexit supporters responded by accusing him of threatening to break key Tory 2015 campaign pledges, notably Cameron’s “manifesto for working people,” saying “as a majority government, we will be able to deliver all of it.”

Included were increased National Health Service spending, tax-free childcare, and no income, VAT, rail fare, or National Insurance tax hikes.

All politicians lie. Believe nothing they say. What they do alone matters, serving special interests exclusively at the expense of beneficial social change.

On Tuesday, Osborne said “(i)t’s very clear that (Britain) is going to be poorer as a result of what’s happening to the economy.” Conditions are weakening, likely headed for recession.

Instead of promising vitally needed fiscal stimulus, directed at helping Britain’s most disadvantaged, along with a jobs creation program for the nation’s unemployed and underemployed, Osborne announced social spending cuts and counterproductive tax hikes.

“We are in a prolonged period of economic adjustment in the UK,” he said. “We are adjusting to life outside the EU…” He lied claiming “it will not be as economically rosy as life inside the EU.”

Longer-term, responsible governance, entirely absent in Britain, could make things much better. Osborne sounded like Obama earlier calling for “shared sacrifice” - failing to explain he meant making ordinary Americans sacrifice so privileged ones could share.

We have a plan, Osborne ranted. “We are absolutely going to have to provide fiscal security to people. We are going to have to show the country and the world that the government can live within its means.”

Asked if he meant spending cuts and tax hikes, he said “(y)es, absolutely.” On Monday, S&P Global Ratings lowered Britain from AAA to AA with a “negative” outlook, calling Brexit “a seminal event…lead(ing) to a less predictable, stable, and effective policy framework in the UK.”

Fitch cut its rating from AA+ to AA, citing a negative outlook. Some financial analysts predict recession, stagflation and contagion.

Separately, Cameron is meeting with other EU leaders in Brussels on Tuesday for the first time since last Thursday’s vote.

Britain seeks to maintain the “strongest possible” economic ties with its member states, he said - at the same time, ruling out a second referendum.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Britain’s capital needs more autonomy to protect its economic and financial interests. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faces a no-confidence vote after most of his shadow cabinet ministers resigned on Sunday, replaced on Monday.

He remains steadfast, his spokesman saying “(t)he people who elect the leader of the Labour party are the members of the Labour party, and Jeremy has made that crystal clear.” 

“He’s not going to concede to a corridor coup or backroom deal which tries to flush him out. He was elected by an overwhelming majority of the Labour party. He is not going to betray those people and stand down because of pressure.”

“(I)f there is another leadership election, (he’ll) be standing again…This is not about any individual. This is about democracy of the movement.”

So far, Lisbon Treaty Article 50, initiating the Brexit process, hasn’t been invoked - highly unlikely in the weeks and months ahead despite reports indicating otherwise.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Erdogan's Hollow Apology to Putin

Erdogan’s Hollow Apology to Putin

by Stephen Lendman

Last November, Turkey willfully and without provocation downed a Russian Su-24 warplane flying over Syria, falsely claiming it entered Turkish airspace.

At the time, Erdogan defiantly said “(i)f another violation of our aerial border happens, we(‘ll) respond in the same way.” Clear Russian evidence proved its aircraft didn’t enter Turkish airspace. No warnings were given as Ankara claimed.

Putin justifiably called the incident a treacherous “stab in the back.” He accused Erdogan of being an “accomplice of terrorists.” Ground fire killed Russian pilot Sergey Rumyantsev after ejecting from the crippled aircraft. 

His navigator Konstantin Murakhtin survived, saved by Russian ground rescue operations. Washington’s dirty hands were likely involved, Erdogan serving as a convenient hitman.

His war crime proved costly. Moscow imposed stiff sanctions, banning or restricting Turkish business and organizations from conducting certain types of activity in Russia, harming its economy.

Billions of dollars of trade and investment were lost. Current or planned joint projects were frozen or cancelled - including the Turkish Stream pipeline project to deliver Russian natural gas through Turkey to Europe, as well as planned construction of one or more nuclear power plants.

On Monday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “Russian President Vladimir Putin has received a message from Turkey’s President Erdogan where the Turkish leader expressed his readiness to settle the situation over the downing of the Russian warplane.”

“In his message, the Turkish head of state offered his condolences to the family of the Russian pilot and said, ‘I am sorry.’ “

Erdogan “expressed his readiness to settle the situation over the downing of the Russian warplane.” Calling Moscow “a friend and a strategic partner,” he lied, saying “(w)e never had a desire or a deliberate intention to down an aircraft belonging to Russia.” His war crime proved otherwise.

His administration confirmed sending the letter. Its precise contents weren’t disclosed. An Ankara press service said “(a)s soon as we have an instruction or the text of the message, an official statement will follow.”

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Ankara is ready to pay compensation for downing the Russian plane.

Erdogan’s outreach to Putin belies his alliance with Obama’s war on Syria, letting ISIS and other terrorists operate from Turkish territory.

He continues providing them with arms, munitions and other material support, sells their stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil - Erdogan, his family members and other Ankara officials profiting hugely.

So far, Putin hasn’t officially responded to Erdogan’s outreach. Whatever he says or does, normalized relations remain untenable as long as both countries have irreconcilable differences on Syria.

Putin wants peaceful conflict resolution, Syrians alone deciding who’ll lead them. Erdogan wants endless war, Assad toppled, puppet governance replacing him.

Putin supports Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity. Erdogan wants them destroyed, parts of northern Syria annexed. Nothing in prospect suggests either leader changing their positions.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Brexit Another Excuse for Putin Bashing

Brexit Another Excuse for Putin Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

He’s falsely blamed for favoring Brexit, orchestrating Euro 2016 hooliganism, nonexistent aggression in Ukraine, menacing Baltic states and other Eastern European countries, along with being America’s top existential threat.

Now, according to right-wing Daily Beast columnist Josh Rogin, writing in the neocon Washington Post, “Russian intelligence and security services have been waging a campaign of harassment and intimidation against US diplomats, embassy staff and their families in Moscow and several other European capitals…”

No evidence suggests it. Similar accusations surfaced earlier. In October 2014, ABC News claimed “the number of incidents, targeting American diplomats in Moscow, has increased in recent years to levels not seen since the Cold War.”

At the time, Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded, saying “(c)learly orchestrated by the US Department of State, the info leak by the ABC television claiming that the staff of the US embassy in Russia has been receiving threats and has become a target of ‘psychological pressure’ is unfounded and far from reality.” 

“We suggest that our colleagues (sic) at the US State Department avoid adding even more controversy to the already ‘gloomy’ atmosphere in our relations.”

According to Rogin, Russian harassment ranges from “weird (to) scary,” his allegations based solely on baseless State Department claims. 

Saying Russian agents are “following diplomats or their family members, showing up at their social events uninvited, or paying reporters to write negative stories about them are wild accusations unrelated to hard facts.

It gets worse, including breaking into US diplomats’ homes “late at night…rearrang(ing) the furniture or turn(ing) on all the lights and televisions, and then leav(ing).”

One US diplomat claimed an intruder “defecated on his living room carpet.” Other allegations included “slashed tires,” police harassment, and former US ambassador Michael McFaul “hounded by government-paid protesters,” along with “intelligence personnel follow(ing) his children to school.”

An earlier report claimed a Russian operative broke into the US defense attache’s Moscow home, killing his dog.

You can’t make this stuff up, baseless way over-the-top accusations. Spying goes with the territory. Everybody spies on everybody else. Everyone knows it’s common practice.

State Department accusations Rogin reported are entirely different. What possible benefit could Russia gain by harassing US officials? On the one hand, his report reads like bad fiction. On the other, it’s shameless Putin bashing.

Legitimate writers wouldn’t touch this rubbish. Rogin compounded it by accusing Russia of intervening militarily in Ukraine - adding since sanctions were imposed (illegally he failed to explain), harassment of US diplomats “increased significantly.”

Accusations without independently verifiable credible evidence have no validity. When it comes to Putin bashing, it doesn’t matter. Saying things make them so.

According to Russia’s Washington embassy, “deteriorat(ing) US-Russia relations…not caused by us, but by (Obama-imposed) sanctions and attempts to isolate Russia” harmed diplomatic relations.

“(F)or the last couple of years, our diplomatic staff in the United States has been facing certain problems. The Russian side has never acted proactively to negatively affect US diplomats in any way.”

A previous article called Putin bashing a virtual cottage industry, inventing things to blame him for. Guilt by accusation suffices, made up stuff substituting for facts.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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False Prophets Hype Brexit Disaster

False Prophets Hype Brexit Disaster

by Stephen Lendman

Public sentiment in Britain, across Europe, in America and elsewhere is being manipulated to believe Brexit assures economic and financial chaos.

New world order con man/billionaire speculator George Soros, known for profiting from color revolutions, imperial wars and neoliberal harshness warned of disaster from Brexit, saying:

“Now the catastrophic scenario that many feared has materialized…the disintegration of the EU (is) practically irreversible," 

“Britain eventually may or may not be relatively better off than other countries by leaving the EU, but its economy and people stand to suffer significantly in the short to medium term.”

Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman made similar comments. So did others.

They failed to explain Thursday’s vote was non-binding. House of Commons MPs will decide if Britain remains in or leaves the EU - the latter option extremely unlikely because powerful US-led Western interests oppose it.

So often in the mainstream, what isn’t explained is most important of all. For now and likely weeks or months ahead, fear-mongering has center stage, misinformation rife.

Fallout from Thursday’s vote remains to be seen. One thing seems certain. Recall Winston Churchill once saying “(n)ever let a good crisis go to waste.”

At times like now, governments can implement policies they wouldn’t dare attempt during periods of stability - harming ordinary people to benefit privileged ones, letting corporate predators consolidate to more dominant size, force-feeding neoliberal harshness on people, convincing them to go along with what’s detrimental to their welfare.

Following the 2008/early 2009 financial crisis, the above scenario played out - likely again in some form ahead. Mark Twain once remarked history doesn’t repeat. It rhymes.

State-sponsored fears over Brexit may facilitate the coup d’gras against remaining freedoms, Europe and America further thirdworldized, full-blown tyranny replacing what remains of constitutional protections - the worst of Orwell’s 1984 becoming reality, including endless wars against invented enemies.

On Monday, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne commented publicly for the first time since last Thursday’s vote - warning of economic and financial problems ahead, trying to soothe markets, saying:

“(N)o one should doubt our resolve to maintain the fiscal stability we have delivered for this country. The British economy is fundamentally strong. We are highly competitive and we are open for business.”

Bold words during a time of economic weakness, recession looming, companies likely to scale back investments, trade perhaps weakening, as well as banks and other businesses warning of layoffs and moving some operations out of Britain.

PricewaterhouseCoopers warned of up to 100,000 financial services jobs lost if Britain leaves the EU. Expect similar dire warnings ahead.

An unnamed Vote Leave spokesman called fear-mongering “typical of the pro-EU campaign…The same establishment (saying) we would lose jobs if we didn’t join the euro is trying to create a misleading report over the referendum.”

Pro-EU New York Times editors hyped fear, reinterpreting history, claiming Brexit “could have…profound foreign policy consequences, weakening…Western (unity) that helped guarantee international peace and stability for 70 years.”

Perhaps The Times editorial board forgot about endless post-WW II US-led Western imperial wars, notably raging post-9/11, along with increasing confrontation with Russia and China - risking possible life-on-earth ending nuclear war.

EU and NATO represent pure evil, threatening world peace and security. Dissolving them may be the only way to preserve them.

Times editors have things backwards, supporting what demands committed opposition. Powerful interests intend continuing business as usual. Brexit voting changed nothing.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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